Yes, for Simple Procedure claims only. Simple Procedure is a court process designed to provide a speedy, inexpensive and informal way to resolve disputes where the monetary value does not exceed £5,000.
The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service has a long term goal to provide wider services electronically, but does not provide this function currently other than as described above. Initiation of different court proceedings by the internet will feature as a key objective as internal systems and processes are reviewed.
It is available for Simple Procedure case types only; these proceedings are not exclusively via the internet and cases can still be raised in paper format with the court.
The online facility is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, confirmation that a claim has been accepted by the court is restricted to office hours when staff are available to check competency and process claims.
Yes, there are standard forms which comply with rules of court which can be completed and submitted electronically.
Simple Procedure rules and forms are available on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website at court rules.
Users are required to authenticate before they are given access to any data. Data is encrypted in transit and at rest. The application has been built to OWASP ASVS 3.0 level 2.
Electronic signature is not required.
The time and date claims and other documents lodged are recorded in the case management system.
Court fees are payable and are prescribed in legislation.
Fees can be paid electronically by credit or debit card when raising a Simple Procedure claim using civil online.
If using non-electronic procedure, fees can also be paid using cash or cheque as well as debit or credit card.
More information can be found on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website at court fees.
No, but a Simple Procedure claim can be dismissed or settled in terms or rules of court.
It is possible but not compulsory.
If a response is made electronically, then the court sends electronic confirmation of receipt of the response and will advise of any further procedure by sending electronic notifications.
More information can be accessed on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website at responding to a claim.
If there is no response, then no notification is given by the court. The claimant will contact the respondent to advise the outcome of the case in due course.
When a Simple Procedure case has been raised using Civil Online, then all evidence submitted to the court electronically will be presented in court electronically - this applies to Civil Online cases only.
In all other case types, this is only possible where both parties and the judge hearing the case agree the format.
No. However, if a case has gone to a full hearing and judicial determination by the court, a copy of the court’s opinion may subsequently be published on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service website and/or Judiciary of Scotland website.
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